First 5 LA is excited to share the findings from a year-long evaluation of our First Connections program! These findings will inform policy and program changes for those who work in the early identification and intervention (EII) continuum.
In 2019 First 5 LA partnered with Harder+Company Community Research to conduct an evaluation of the First Connections program. Participants included Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) Technical assistance, and six First Connections grantees who provided developmental screenings and linkages for children birth through age 5 in Los Angeles (L.A.) County:
- Three Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs): AltaMed Health Services Corporation, Eisner Pediatric and Family Medical Center, and Northeast Valley Health Corporation;
- Two family service agencies: Foothill Family and Allies for Every Child;
- One Regional Center: South Central Los Angeles Regional Center.
- Collect quantitative and qualitative data – including the perspectives of families, grantees, EII system partners, and CHLA – to document the progress toward the goals of the First Connection investment.
- Inform the development and implementation of Help Me Grow LA.
- To explore and strengthen the EII data available for L.A. County.
The evaluation focused on three core areas:
- Family access, knowledge, and support
- Systems learnings and implications
- Technical assistance and provider capacity
Primary findings for each focus area also include successes and challenges that will inform current and future efforts to strengthen EII countywide. Also included in the evaluation are insights from the First Connections Forum held with grantees and other EII system partners in Summer 2020.